Responsible Investor
April 16, 2012

Siemens, the German industrial giant, is facing scrutiny from environmental, social and governance (ESG) research house GES Investment Services over a wind farm project in the disputed Western Sahara region of Morocco.

Following media reports, GES is looking to see whether the project violates the human rights of the indigenous Saharawi people.

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“A central question is whether the activity is in line with the interests, needs and wishes of the people of Western Sahara,” said GES Senior Engagement Manager Tytti Kaasinen. The wind farms are being developed under the Clean Development Mechanism, which has faced criticism in the past over abuses of land and human rights.

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By Jan Wagner

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